Money for new sewerage

Lismore City Council is set to receive a $6 million interest-free loan from the state government to fund the southern trunk main sewerage infrastructure upgrade.

The Minister for Planning Tony Kelly said it was an important step towards bringing forward the release of residential land in Lismore, which will assist local housing supply and affordability.

The new wastewater trunk main will be installed from the East Lismore wastewater treatment works and extend eastward for 7.5 kilometres, passing through the proposed new urban land release areas known as Southern Cross University/Crawford, Invercauld and Chilcotts Grass.

Council’s assets manager Scott Turner said it would allow them to service the ever-expanding Goonellabah area into the future.

“All sorts of options are available to us. By putting a trunk main in it guarantees future development in Goonellabah and it may take pressure off other areas,” he said.

A report about water and waste water services is due to go before Council in March, with Clunes and North Woodburn also identified as priority areas. Mr Turner said the offer for the southern trunk main would now have to be factored into that report.

One of the conditions of the interest-free loan is that the project must be completed within 18 months of receiving the money.

“This is a great boost and will allow the trunk main to be progressed quite quickly, but in order to meet deadline we’ll have to throw a lot of resources at it,” Mr Turner said.


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